We Are The First

Maileny Guillen

I Am the First

"My biggest accomplishment is currently being in school with my Masters. My own resiliency and independence has helped me to be successful. My advice for someone who is also first-gen is to do your research. Be yourself. Never assimilate."

Maileny Guillen Graduate, Student Development Administration
Matt Gravador

I Am the First

My biggest accomplishment is graduating from Seattle University. Family, friends, and professors at SU are resources that have helped me be successful. My advice for someone who is also first-gen is to be active in your community and always find time to give back.

Matt Gravador Fourth year undergraduate
Nisha Mandanas

I Am the First

My biggest accomplishment is getting this far! My mom has helped me be successful. She wanted me to have what she didn't. Her support and encouragement brought me here. My advice for someone who is also first-gen is that just because it hasn't happened yet doesn't mean it can't!

Nisha Mandanas Second year undergraduate, Civil Engineering major
Phoebe Kim

I Am the First

My biggest accomplishment is being an Inaugural Prism Scholar at Edelman! My resources that have helped me be successful are my supportive mom and brother, as well as encouraging professors. My advice for someone who is also first-gen is to embrace your identity but also don't let it define you. Write your own story in your own chapter of your own book!

Phoebe Kim Fourth year undergraduate, Communications and Media major
Rick Reyes

I Am the First

My biggest accomplishment is (almost) graduating! My various mentors including my supervisors and professors have helped me be successful. Also various other first-gen students. My advice for someone who is also first-gen is to connect with other first-gen students! Stick together!

Rick Reyes Fourth year undergraduate
Monet Kuhazawa

I Am the First

My biggest accomplishment is being an RA and being myself. My resources that have helped me be successful are my family, genuine friends, rad residents, and lots of tea. My advice for someone who is also first-gen is you are awesome and are making changes.

Monet Kuhazawa Second year undergraduate, Sports and Exercise Science major
Janelle Lauronal

I Am the First

My biggest accomplishment is getting into college. My family, my teachers, and my friends at SU are resources that have helped me be successful. My advice for someone who is also first-gen is to call your family when you're sad, it helps!

Janelle Lauronal First year undergraduate, Nursing major
Stacey Ruiz

I Am the First

My biggest accomplishment is going to college and creating a name for myself on this campus. I've managed to be a student and be well connected! Orientation programs and my admissions job at SU are resources that have helped me be successful. My advice for someone who is also first-gen is to ask questions! You don't have to go through the journey alone! Always ask for help!

Stacey Ruiz Fourth year undergraduate